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Each course in the Sociology MA program is designed and taught by experienced faculty who are trained in the area and have considerable expertise in delivering high-quality online education.
The Online Master’s in Sociology requires a total of 30 credit hours, including 4 core courses (SOC 585, SOC 500, SOC 501, SOC 598 Diversity), 3 Structured Topic Courses, and 3 capstone courses.
Fall and Spring courses are 7.5 weeks long and summer courses are 6 weeks long.
The table below indicates when these SOC MA courses are offered (note that only capstone courses are offered more than one time per year):
|Course Number/Name||When Course is Offered|
|SOC 585 Sociological Theory (3 hours)||Fall A|
|SOC 598 Structured Topic (e.g., Leadership and Social Justice, 3 hours)||Fall A|
|SOC 500 Research Methods (3 hours)||Fall B|
|SOC 598 Structured Topic (e.g., Marriage and Family Relationships, 3 hours)||Spring A|
|SOC 501 Social Science Statistics (3 hours)||Spring B|
|SOC 598 Diversity and Society (3 hours)||Summer A|
|SOC 598 Structured Topic (e.g., Social Change, 3 hours)||Summer B|
|Culminating Experience/Capstone Courses (9 hours)|
|SOC 586 Capstone Project I (3 hours)||Fall B, Spring B, Summer A|
|SOC 587 Capstone Project II (3 hours)||Spring A, Summer B|
|SOC 588 Capstone Project III (3 hours)||Fall B, Spring A and B, Summer B|
Below is an example of a course plan for a student beginning the program in Fall. Students can choose to follow an accelerated course plan (2-3 courses per semester) or an extended course plan (1 course per session). Course availability and financial aid requirements can influence a course plan; therefore, it is important that students work closely with the Sanford School program advisor to develop and follow an appropriate course plan. Structured course topics (courses for which topics may vary) are indicated by * in the course plan below. If you are a current student with course plan questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a prospective student with course plan questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
Sample course plan for students beginning in Fall:
|Fall A||Fall B||Spring A||Spring B||Summer A||Summer B|
|Year 1||SOC 585||SOC 500|
|SOC 598*||SOC 501||SOC 598 Diversity||SOC 598*|
|Year 2||SOC 598*||SOC 588|
The Online Master's degree in Sociology includes three capstone courses that must be taken in sequence, ending with a non-thesis, applied culminating experience. Each part of the Capstone experience allows for some customization to fit individual students' professional and academic needs and interests. Ultimately, this culminating experience will provide students with a deeper understanding of family and human development, as well as professional competencies and insights.
The capstone experience consists of the following parts: